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December 30, 2014  
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Resolve to Save Water in
2015 by Turning Off Sprinklers After Rainstorms 

State snow survey highlights need for additional water conservation 

 
A storm expected to drop rain and snow across San Diego County today and tomorrow should make it easy to start 2015 by saving water -- a great New Year's resolution for everyone in the region to adopt after more than three years of drought. By turning off irrigation systems following significant rainfall, residents can conserve valuable water supplies and help the region withstand drought conditions.
 

The winter's first manual snow survey results released today by state officials underscored the need for increased water conservation statewide. The measurement of 4 inches of snow water equivalent near Echo Summit in Northern California was only 33 percent of average for the date. Statewide, the snow water equivalent was only 50 percent of average for the date. The snowpack is critical because it supplies California with runoff during the summer when water use peaks.

 

While storms have improved water supply conditions over the past month, they have not delivered nearly enough precipitation to make up for the lack of rain and snow over the past three years.

 

State officials said it would take a series of storms delivering well-above-average amounts of rain and snow statewide over the next few months to pull California out of drought. The initial 2015 allocation from the State Water Project -- an important water source for San Diego County -- has been set at only 10 percent of requested supplies. The figure may fluctuate up or down depending on precipitation over the next few months.

 

For more information about the snow survey click here

 

For information about water-use rules by community, along with details about drought conditions and conservation-related resources, go to WheninDrought.org

The San Diego County Water Authority works through its 24 member agencies to provide a safe and reliable water supply to support the region's $206 billion economy and quality of life of 3.1 million residents.